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Blind Auditions 
1st-Jul-2017 07:04 am
Inspiration
In symphony orchestras, auditions are conducted behind a sheet, so that the listeners react only to the virtuosity of the player, not their gender or looks. In music, this has led to more women playing.

What a wonderful idea, right?

What happens if we apply it more broadly?

Well, in Australia, which tried this out, it meant that more men were hired than women in Australian Public Service. Which, of course, was tragic, and means that it will be abandoned. We can't let equality upset the quotas for diversity, after all.

You might get more men. And, as a warning, if you don't get the mix you want in the orchestra, that might change back, too.
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